The following message was sent on behalf of the Deputy Administrator.
As you know, states all across the east coast have been experiencing the severe effects from Hurricane Sandy throughout the day. As the storm is moving northwest, it is forecast to make landfall just south of the southern New Jersey coast this evening. This dangerous storm system has caused high wind warnings for a large swath from Virginia to Maine. The President issued emergency declarations to provide direct federal assistance to the states of CT, MA, MD, NJ, NY, PA, RI, DE, and the District of Columbia.
The National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) and the Regional Response Coordination Centers (RRCC) for regions I, II, and II are at Level I with 24 hour operations. Throughout the day, we have been receiving reports of flooding and power outages across the east coast. We expect these numbers to continue to increase as the storm moves inland over the next few days. There are thousands of utility workers on standby to restore power as soon as conditions permit. We are closely monitoring theses outages with the Department of Energy. We continue to support the states as they prepare to respond to this storm, leaning forward and heeding the “Go Big, Go Fast, and Be Smart” approach.
With this storm at our back door we also need to remember safety while driving to the NRCC, RRCC, Joint Field Offices or other locations that require FEMA employees to be on hand. For all of our personnel prepositioning assets in affected areas, such as operating Mobile Communication Office Vehicles, the Mobile Emergency Response Systems, or our Logistics team, to name a few, I urge you to take every precaution. Please stay safe and listen to your local government and emergency managers for the most up to day information.
Due to the enormity of the, we will be calling upon a large number of our Reserve employees and may also call on our full time employees. Please respond to any messages that you receive on ENS or from your supervisors. We may need to call up hundreds of employees to assist in supporting disaster survivors over the next few weeks. I look forward to providing you updates throughout the duration of this disaster.
For the most current information on the storm, please visit: NHC.Noaa.gov and Weather.gov.